The Clorox Company Senior Scientist in Pleasanton, California

The Clorox Company has an opportunity in the Advanced Measurement Sciences (AMS) -- Analytical Group at our Research and Development Center in Pleasanton, California for a Senior Scientist in Analytical Chemistry to provide analytical chemical support and leadership to AMS and the R&D community. As a Senior Scientist in this group, you will be part of a team growing numerous brands across the Clorox portfolio. Through collaboration with Clorox Scientists and the Business Units, you will help create over $150MM of value per year. Daily responsibilities include product and material characterization, method development, data analysis, and providing chemical expertise. You will have experience in reporting for EPA or FDA regulated OTC products. You will work closely with Scientists and the Business Units to vet systems, troubleshoot issues, and recommend next steps based on experimentation and knowledge. You will also have the opportunity to take on non-project specific initiatives within the department to grow the analytical knowledge base and functionality of Clorox as a whole. We will work with you to develop your career objectives.

This position is for an experienced analytical chemist with knowledge and experience in analytical problem solving and chemical analysis of raw materials, intermediates and finished products related to consumer goods including cleaning products (colloids, surfactants, surface disinfection agents, anti-microbial actives), foods products (emulsions, preservatives), personal care products (cosmetics) or FDA regulated OTC products (natural sunscreens and supplements and vitamins).

Required: Experience in analytical characterization and stability testing of actives and formulations including small synthetic and natural product molecules using separations including HPLC, LC-MS, GC, GC-MS and IC techniques. Working knowledge of complementary spectroscopy techniques (UV/VIS, Fluorescence, RID, MS, EPR, NMR, FT-IR, ICP), thermal analysis (TGA, DSC), and wet-chemistry methods (titrations) would be a plus. Experience in testing by EPA GLP techniques would be a plus. The ability to run and optimize analytical methodologies for effective compound solubility, stability, recovery, sensitivity, and resolution, as well as accuracy, precision, and speed of analysis is required.

Make your mark

At Clorox, we build big brands that make everyday life better, every day. We value our differences, and challenge each other to think and act boldly. We try new things, succeed, fail and keep learning. We work hard, and have busy personal lives. And we're all able to make a positive impact -- at Clorox, in our communities, and in the lives of millions of people who invite us into their homes. Make your mark and help us drive Good Growth -- growth that is profitable, sustainable and responsible.

Key Responsibilites

  • Working at the bench developing and applying chromatographic methods of analysis including HPLC, LC-MS, GC, GC-MS and IC separations (chromatography) to identify ingredients/impurities/degradation products of household consumer products, particularly those that contain surfactants, fragrances, solvents and anti-microbial agents. Skilled at operating, maintaining, troubleshooting complex analytical instrumentation such as HPLC, LC-MS, GC and GC-MS. Experience with Agilent hardware and software is a plus. Part of this role includes developing and advancing new capabilities in separations sciences at Clorox.

  • Experience in the analysis of surfactants, colloids, antimicrobials, antioxidants, volatile compounds such as solvents, odors and flavors, and knowledge of their role in formulations and finished products, including various sample preparation, extraction and enrichment techniques. Related data analysis, interpretation, discussion and communication of results and recommendations. Prompt recording of findings in lab notebooks and/or on approved sites.

  • Effectively partnering with the BUs and communicate technical proposals, data, and progress reports to project team members and management.

  • Working with technical project teams, regulatory, and legal on defining the type and extent of analytical test data required for product development, raw material and product troubleshooting, claims substantiation, label claims, intellectual property claims, EPA product registration or compliance.

  • Writing, review and execution of SOPs, study protocols and reports as required by EPA GLP.

  • Conducting laboratory investigations for anomalous results and overseeing analyses performed at CROs.

  • Training technical staff and developing training programs.

  • Participating in general lab management such as in maintaining a safe, clean and orderly work environment, ordering supplies, and keeping instrument and chemical inventory records.

  • The ability to multi-task and work according to tight timelines, and be able to get information under ambiguity.

  • Demonstrating drive, initiative, creativity, and provide quality results.

Minimum Requirements

Years and Type of Experience:

  • 6 years' experience working in an analytical chemistry lab in a technical leadership position for a consumer goods, food, chemicals, crop protection, pharmaceutical company, or analytical contract research organization.

Education Level/Degree:

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related scientific field.

Research & Development

The Research & Development organization takes new generations of consumer products from concept to reality. With such diverse roles as engineers, scientists, mechanical designers and packaging experts, R&D is a community of technical leaders and managers actively involved in virtually every step in the lifecycle of our products -- from initial concept to raw materials to final goods on store shelves. R&D is committed to leveraging the latest technology to bring consumers the high-quality, innovative products they expect and deserve.

More about Clorox

The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) is a leading multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products with 8,700 employees worldwide and fiscal year 2018 sales of $6.1 billion. In addition to our namesake bleach and cleaning products, we market some of the most trusted and recognized consumer brand names, including:

  • Brita® water-filtration products

  • Burt's Bees® natural personal care products

  • Fresh Step® cat litter

  • Glad® bags, wraps and containers

  • Hidden Valley® dressings and sauces

  • Kingsford® charcoal

  • Liquid Plumr® clog removers

  • Pine-Sol® cleaners

  • RenewLife® digestive health products

  • Rainbow Light®, Natural Vitality®, Neocell® and Stop Aging Now® dietary supplements

  • Professional services: Clorox Healthcare® and Clorox Commercial Solutions®

More than 80% of our sales are generated from brands that hold the No. 1 or No. 2 market share positions in their categories.

Making a positive impact

Clorox is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, a community of global leaders committed to sustainability. We've been broadly recognized for our corporate responsibility efforts, most notably being named to the Drucker Institute's 2017 Management Top 250 list, The Just 100: America's Top Corporate Citizens list, CR Magazine's 2018 Best Corporate Citizens list and the first sector-neutral Bloomberg Gender Equality Index in 2018.

We also support our communities, and, in FY2018, contributed approx. $20 million in combined cash grants, product donations and cause marketing.

The Clorox Company and its subsidiaries is an EEO/AA/Protected Veteran/Disabled/LGBT employer.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled